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Mercedes to launch at first test

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mercedes will launch its new car in the pit lane at Valencia © Sutton Images

Mercedes will launch its 2011 car at the opening day of the Valencia test on February 1.

The MGP W02 will make its track debut in the morning alongside the majority of its rivals for the 2011 season. The car will carry the hopes of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg as Mercedes aims to improve on its fourth place finish in the constructors' championship last year.

In a recent interview team principal Ross Brawn was quietly confident about the new car.

"I'm sure we'll have a very good car," he said. "We'll only know how good when we drive it. If it's as good as we think it is, then we've also the organisation in the back to develop it during the season."